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North Korea rolls out missiles, other weaponry at parade

North Korea rolls out missiles, other weaponry at parade

Leader Kim Jung-un oversaw the parade which was celebrating the 105th birthday of state founder Kim Il Sung, his grandfather.

State television showed Kim, wearing a black suit and white shirt, clapping in delight along with senior government officials to acknowledge the thousands of soldiers and civilians taking part in the parade at Kim Il Sung Square in the capital, Pyongyang.

However, North Korea on Saturday warned that it is "prepared" to respond to any nuclear attack in kind, AFP reported. US satellite imagery suggests the country could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time.

North Korea had warned the United States on Saturday to end its " military hysteria" or face retaliation as a USA aircraft carrier group steamed towards the region and the reclusive state marked the 105th birth anniversary of its founding father.

The US has warned that a policy of "strategic patience" with North Korea is over.

And on the same day, a top North Korean official offered a warning to the USA, accusing President Trump of "creating a war situation".

Displaying more than one of the missiles indicates North Korea is progressing with its plan to base a missile on a submarine, which are hard to detect, said Joshua Pollack, editor of the Washington-based Nonproliferation Review.

Military specialists keep a close eye on Pyongyang's military parades for clues about developments in the North's capabilities.

The North's Korean People's Army (KPA) added its voice to the bellicose rhetoric on Friday with a statement threatening strikes against U.S. military bases and other targets in South Korea.

North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) has yet to mention anything about an ICBM at the parade. South Korea's Ministry of Unification, which handles inter-Korea relations, said Kim Won-hong might have completed his term at the prison camp and been reinstated, though he was absent during a parliamentary meeting in Pyongyang on Tuesday. It was the first time North Korea had shown the missiles, which have a range of over 1,000 km (600 miles), at a military parade.

But it's very unlikely that North Korea has that technology at this stage.

The portraits of late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are seen lit at dawn at Kim Il Sung Square on Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Halfway through the two-and-a-half hour military parade that took place in Pyongyang on Saturday, North Korea showed off its next-generation military hardware.

There's also anger in Pyongyang over the annual spring military exercises that the US holds with South Korea.

Kim emphasizes nuclear weapons as the foundation of his national defense strategy. Under his watch, North Korea has aggressively pursued a goal of putting a nuclear warhead on an ICBM capable of reaching the continental United States.

It has carried out five nuclear tests - two of them previous year - and multiple missile launches, one of which saw three rockets come down in waters provocatively close to Japan last month.

Trump's military muscle-flexing was on display again Thursday when the USA on dropped the biggest non-nuclear bomb it possesses on Afghanistan, targeting a complex used by the Islamic State group.

Despite that, military experts believe that North Korea learnt from those setbacks and might even be able to develop a nuclear-tipped, intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the United States within the coming four years, during Trump's presidency. At the other end of the spectrum, they looked at the notion of accepting North Korea as a nuclear state.